Good Friday – 3 April 2015
“Prayer” – Hayley Westenra ‘Odyssey” (Decca, 2005)
Hayley Westenra is a classical-crossover artist from Christchurch, New Zealand.
On the face of it this is a very simple song, but could be considered to be profound in that simplicity, as the narrator prays for arms to enfold them and is encouraged to “lay down your troubled mind.”
We could find echoes of Matthew 11:28-29, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
The parent album’s music draws inspiration from a number of sources, including Celtic music, a style reflected and touched upon in “Prayer.”
Graeme Blackwell – Huddersfield Parish Church